Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

Lower School

Application Requirements

The Lower School includes children ages seven through 11 and corresponds to the following grade level designations:

American systemfrench systembritish system
Ages 7-82nd GradeCE1Year 3
Ages 8-93rd GradeCE2Year 4
Ages 9-104th GradeCM1Year 5
Ages 10-115th GradeCM2Year 6

Dual Language Immersion

In 2nd grade, the curriculum is delivered through a 60/40 dual language immersion model with the core subjects delivered in either English, French, or Spanish (60% of the instructional time), and the specialty classes, accounting for 40% of the instructional time, (i.e. Music, Art, Physical Education, Technology, Second Language) taught in the immersion language.

In 3rd through 5th grade, all students study a second language for six periods each week.

Please indicate your language preference on the application form.


Openings in the Lower School grades are limited and based on attrition. As an international school, we do expect some amount of mobility in our population, but we are not able to guarantee the number of places that will be available in any given grade.

Overseas Applicants

We understand that applying from an overseas location can be complicated. While we recommend visiting Awty and Houston during the application process, we will work with you to facilitate your application should you run into any obstacles meeting the application requirements.

How To Apply

Step 1: Tours & Information Session

Group tours will begin in September 17, 2017 for applicants to the 2018-2019 school year.

Come see our school in action. Small group tours are available in the mornings during the week. Tours last approximately one hour and will be led by a member of the admissions team or a current parent. The admissions office will also schedule individual tours for families visiting from overseas or out of state to accommodate your travel plans.

  • An information session for applicants to 2nd grade/CE1 will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
  • An Information session for applicants to 3rd grade/CE2 - 5th grade/CM2 will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and will include a tour.

Please check back after September 1 for the link to register.

Step 2: Online Application & Fee

(For entry to the 2017-2018 academic year, please call admissions before submitting an application.)

The application is available online only. First time applicants will need to create a new user account. Families already affiliated with Awty should use their existing My Backpack account.

Start Your Online Application

There is a $200 non-refundable fee payable online with submission of the application.

Please be prepared to upload a photograph of the applicant.

Step 3: Teacher Recommendation

Please have your child’s current teacher complete the Shared Teacher Recommendation form for Lower School.

In an effort to move away from paper to electronic documents, please request where possible that the teacher complete, scan, and send the confidential form directly to admissions@awty.org; otherwise, provide the teacher with the form and a stamped envelope addressed to:

The Awty International School
Office of Admissions
7455 Awty School Lane
Houston, TX 77055

For applicants to the 2018-2019 school year, the teacher should wait until December to complete the form, but should submit to Awty no later than January 16, 2018.

Step 4: Request for Student Records

Please submit to your child’s current school the Request for Student Records form. This will authorize your child’s school to send us the following information:

  • Record of academic performance (grades and/or narrative evaluations for 2016-2017 and first term of 2017-2018)
  • Results of standardized tests (aptitude, achievement and intelligence)
  • Other relevant information on file

Note: Please scan and send a signed copy of this form to Awty at admissions@awty.org.

Step 5: Group Observation Visit

All applicants to the Lower School are invited to Awty for a group visit. Awty Lower School teachers meet your child in a classroom setting to get a sense of how he or she interacts with peers, adults, and the learning environment. No special preparation is required.

Please save the dates of Saturday, December 9, 2017 and Saturday, January 27, 2018. We will email you in November with the date and time of your appointment. Visits usually take place in the morning and last about an hour and a half.

Step 6: Admissions Testing

Applicants to Lower School grades must submit results of standardized admissions testing as outlined below. The testing requirement is waived for students attending a French accredited school and applying to CE1-CM2.

2nd - 4th Grade:WISC
5th Grade:ISEE

For the WISC we recommend Collaborative Academic Testing Service (C.A.T.S.) You may register online by visiting their website at www.catstexas.com.

Overseas and out-of-state-applicants may contract with a private licensed psychologist. Children should be tested in their first language.

For the ISEE, register here. Awty will administer the ISEE on campus on Saturday, December 2 and again on Saturday, January 6. Awty’s testing location code is 447771. Overseas applicants can register at an international location through Prometric.


Telephone: 713-580-0579
Fax: 713-341-4404
Email: admissions@awty.org

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